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NC task force offers police-reform recommendations
Thursday, January 21, 2021
RALEIGH – A statewide task force appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper has released a sweeping set of recommendations aimed at ending racism in the criminal justice system. Black North Carolinians are nearly six times as likely to be incarcerated as Caucasian residents, twice as likely to be pulled over for a traffic stop, and also more likely to be jailed
Durham fast food workers strike on MLK birthday
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
DURHAM – Fast-food workers in Durham used Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday to make their voices heard for better wages. Striking McDonald’s and other employees led a car caravan rally and protest on Roxboro Street demanding $15 an hour minimum wage, which is more than double the $7.25 current wage that hasn’t changed in 10 years.
CHCCS new superintendent talks priorities, in-person schooling
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
CHAPEL HILL – Nyah Hamlett began her role as superintendent of Chapel Hill–Carrboro City Schools on Jan. 4. She joins the CHCCS community after working in public education in Virginia for over 15 years. In a Jan. 15 media conversation, Hamlett announced that a school board meeting on whether students should return to in-person learning will be
Durham students launch campaign to ‘liberate the school system’
Friday, January 15, 2021
The Youth Justice Project, in partnership with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, announced the launch of its #LiberateToEducate campaign. The YJP is a youth-led organization comprised of students from Durham Public Schools. The goal of the partnership is to create a more equitable and nurturing learning environment for Black and brown students and
Newby replaces top employees with Republican loyalists
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Last Friday, within hours of being appointed by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby as the head of a key judicial office, Andrew Heath began purging it of some career employees. As new Administrative Office of the Courts director, Heath forced top senior employees to resign with only a few hours’ notice and replaced them with Republican
King holiday brings reflection on African American progress
Thursday, January 14, 2021
DURHAM – Black people are through waiting for change and asking for permission. As the nation observes the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, many are looking back over recent events and asking themselves if Black progress is being eroded. Although progress ebbs and flows, African Americans must stand united in the continued fight for
First candidate for Raleigh mayor
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Terrance Ruth, a professor at North Carolina State’s School of Social Work and executive director of the Justice Love Foundation, announced this week his candidacy for Raleigh mayor. Ruth is the first to declare his intention against Raleigh Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin, who is seeking a second term. “I’m running to unite Raleigh, because I
Raleigh police chief announces retirement
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown has announced her retirement from the Raleigh Police Department effective April 1. "Chief Deck-Brown has served the City of Raleigh with integrity and professionalism for more than 30 years,” said City Manager Ruffin Hall. “She has been at the helm of the Raleigh Police Department during a period of unprecedented

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CIAA tourney ready for its close-up

The CIAA announced the events for its virtual tournament week next month. The theme is

PROBLEM SOLVED: This hearing aid was a big disappointment

Q: I ordered a hearing aid from the Audien Hearing company recently. The company offers a 30-day

Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

ATLANTA — Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of